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July 29, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Victoria sewage: The city is being a bad neighbor

The people of Victoria, B.C., apparently are special ["Victoria’s sewage does not pollute Washington shores," Opinion, July 25]. They get to do what most First World cities do not — discharge raw sewage, in this case into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

It never ceases to amaze me that when somebody just doesn’t want to do something one can expend immense energies justifying the indefensible. Article upon article comes to us from sources in Victoria assuring us their practice is completely benign, that their discharge is 99.9 percent fresh water. I think we should be forgiven for casting a suspicious eye at these self-interested “experts.”

I wonder if the citizens there would be so sanguine if they were asked to consume seafood caught anywhere in the strait? That would be putting their mouths where their money isn’t. Dress it up, spin it anyway you like, this is just so un-Canadian and just being a bad neighbor.

Paul Gutowski, Seattle

Comments | More in Environment | Topics: B.C., environment, Paul Gutowski

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